Ohio Invasive Plants Council

The Ohio Invasive Plants Council is a coalition of agencies, organizations, and individuals throughout Ohio concerned about the introduction, spread, and control of invasive, non-native plants in Ohio's natural habitats. OIPC promotes public awareness of invasive species issues and encourages land management and research to detect invasive species and prevent new invasions into natural ecosystems.  OIPC was formed as a 501(c)(3)not-for-profit organization in 2005 as a result of efforts in the late 1990's to improve awareness of the threats of invasive plants.

  News & Announcements:

OIPC Workshop at The Wilds
"Converting Invasive Shrubland to
Productive Pastures"

Friday, October 31, 2014
9:45 AM - 2:30 PM

OIPC is pleased to present this informative workshop in conjunction with The Wilds. The tentative Agenda and Flyer with additional information are now available.
$15/person Registration includes lunch

Announcing the OIPC T-shirt Design Competition

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, OIPC will be selling T-shirts that spread the word about invasive plants. The OIPC Board is seeking the help of artists, graphic designers, students, and other talented individuals to develop a t-shirt design that incites interest and motivates action. DEADLINE FOR DESIGN SUBMISSION IS
DECEMBER 1, 2014
tshirt Use this link for further details about this exciting opportunity.

Ohio Invasive Plants Council
Evaluation Protocol

OIPC is developing a new list of invasive, non-native plants that threaten the health and diversity of natural ecosystems in Ohio using an objective, science-based process. See the following links for additional information:

Help Support the Ohio Invasive Plants Council

Your contribution will help support our outreach programs as well as the efforts being made to research sources in order to properly assess species as part of the Invasive Plant Assessment Protocol. In addition, OIPC sponsors a competitive Small Grants Program to financially assist students pursuing research concerning Ohio invasive plant problems. OIPC is operated by a Board of volunteers and is a 501(c)3 organization so your donations are tax-deductible.

To mail a donation use the Donation Form
Find out how you can become an ongoing Financial Supporter
Or see the DONATE button on this page to donate online using Pay Pal

Research Needs Identified
by Assessment Team

OIPC is collaborating in an effort to assess invasive plants in Ohio. During that process the Assessment Team has encountered a number of important information gaps. Filling these gaps will lead to a better understanding of the invasive potential of particular species. We encourage researchers to help us address these issues. See the OIPC Research Questions document for detailed questions.

Announcing the 2014 OIPC Grant Program
Deadline is November 1, 2014

The OIPC Board is happy to announce the continuation of the Student Research Grant Program for 2014. This program will fund up to $1,000 toward projects that focus on invasive species in Ohio. The program is open to any project concerning Ohio invasive plants; however, applications that address one of the research questions identified by the assessment team, or have clear management implications, are particularly encouraged. See the OIPC Grant Program document for further details.

Kudzu Distribution Mapping and Awareness
Resources from OSU, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, GLEDN, and Ohio Woodland Stewards Program

OIPC seeks your help in distribution mapping and in promoting public awareness of one of the newest invasives in Ohio: Kudzu! We encourage all Ohioans, including students, teachers, land managers, birdwatchers, backpackers, gardeners, wildflower enthusiasts, etc. to download the EDDMapS Smart Phone App and document any kudzu found growing in Ohio. For the latest news and information concerning kudzu in Ohio, see the News article "Plant That Ate the South Is Here:Poster Tells Public to Watch Out for Kudzu" or request the new kudzu awareness poster from the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program at ohiowoods@osu.edu.

Ohio Legislative Update (as of 6/5/14)

A bill to grant the Director of Agriculture exclusive authority to regulate invasive plant species in Ohio that was introduced by Senator Gale Manning, was signed by Governor Kasich on June 5, 2014. The text of this bill, Ohio Senate Bill 192|2013-2014|130th General Assembly, can be found via this link.

At the November 20, 2013 meeting of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, OIPC President David Gorchov provided Interested Party testimony (view PDF) on SB 192. He has also presented Interested Party testimony (view PDF) at the March 11, 2014 meeting of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. That Committee approved SB 192 on March 19, and the bill received full House approval on May 21, 2014. The wording approved by the House was then approved by the Senate ('concurrence') on May 28, 2014. On June 5, 2014, Governor Kasich signed this bill into law. The next step will be the drafting of rules to implement the law.

OIPC continues to be engaged in discussions of this legislation and related issues of regulating invasive plants in Ohio.

OIPC Newsletter - August 2014

Use this link to view our new Quarterly Newsletter


Contribute to OIPC every time you shop at Kroger

OIPC has joined the Kroger Community Rewards Program. This means that Kroger makes a quarterly donation to OIPC in proportion to our member' expenditures at their stores. To participate, use your existing Kroger Plus Card or get a new card at any Kroger store. With your card number at hand, either create an account or sign in to your existing account at www.kroger.com/communityrewards . To designate OIPC as the recipient organization, enter NPO number 23916, or select Ohio Invasive Plants Council from the list of organizations. After you confirm that OIPC appears on the right side of your information page, every swipe of your card will generate some revenue for OIPC to use for education, outreach and assessment! Thanks!

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  Upcoming Events:

October 31, 2014 - OIPC 2014 Workshop and Field Day - "Converting Invasive Shrubland to Productive Pastures" held at The Wilds. Details and tentative Agenda coming soon.

Oct 15-17, 2014 - "2014 Natural Areas Conference" held in Dayton, Ohio. See conference web site at naturalareasconference.org for abstract and conference information.

Past Events:

September 4, 2014- "Invasive Plants Meeting, co-sponsored by Great Parks of Hamilton County, Ohio Invasive Plants Council, and Green Umbrella, held at Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods Park, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, OH 45241 See the Flyer and Agenda for more information. 

July 25, 2014- "Ohio's Non-native Species: ID and Control Options" held in Wapakoneta, Ohio, by the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program. 

May 21, 2014- "So You Know You Have Invasive Plants, Now What?" held at Hocking Hills State Park, OH. See Past Events page for more information. 

April 12, 2014- "Wildlife Habitat Workshop - Woodlands Part1" held in Clayton, OH. 

December 11-12, 2013- "Symposium on Invasive Plants in the Midwest" held in Columbus, OH.  (click link for Proceedings and Presentations)

November 2, 2013 - "Green Gala 2013" held at COSI, Columbus, OH.  (see link).

April 23, 2013
- "Hydrilla Workshop:Early Detection and Rapid Response in the Lake Erie Watershed" held at North Chagrin Nature Center, Willoughby, OH.

March 14, 2013 - "Invasive Species Seminar" held at Medina University Center.






Board Update



OIPC Mission Statement:

Participating in statewide efforts to address the threats of invasive species to Ohio's ecosystems and economy by providing leadership and promoting stewardship, education, research, and information exchange.